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left 8-10. Of her eighteen offspring, thirteen have
7-10 formulas on both sides ; two have 7-10 formulas
on the right and 8-10 on the left, thus duplicating the
parent; two have 6-10 formluas on the right and 7-10
on the left, in which cases the area on the right side
which corresponds to the seventh supralabial on the
left is divided into unequal sections, the upper being
about three times greater. The remaining specimen
ha's a 7-9 formula on the right side and a 6-10 on the
left where again the area adjoining the sixth supra-
labial is unequally divided, and on the lower jaw the
area covered by the first, second and third infralabials
on the left side is equal to that covered by the first and
second on the right side, thus on the right side one of
the first three infralabials is eliminated.
Four other specimens taken at Bella Coola have
labial formulas of 8-10 right, 8-11 left; 8-9 right, 7-9
left; 7-10 right, 7-9 left; and 8-10.
Thamnophis ordinoides ordinoides, A 31 inch spe-
cimen was taken at Atnarko, B. C, Aug. 27, 1921.
This and several other specimens were observed with-
in a few feet of water. — Clyde L, Patch, Ottawa,
MILK SNAKE AND RED-BELLIED
About six o'clock last evening, July 26, 1922,
Robert Seeley, one of our camp boys, captured a
small milk snake, Lampropeltis triangulum trian-
gulum and brought it to me to examine. Some of
the camp boys gathered around and while we were
looking at the snake, it opened its mouth and be-
gan to eject something which we soon saw was an-
other snake. It came out tail first which without
doubt means that it was swallowed head first. This
snake is known to our boys as the red-bellied brown
snake, Storeria occipitomaculata. It was dead and
judging from appearances had been in the milk
snake's stomach several hours. The two snakes were
so nearly the same size that I measured them and
found each to be exactly ten inches long. The milk
snake was the thicker of the two.
For a small milk snake, this one was very vicious.
All the time that I handled it, it kept trying to bite
me but of course was not strong enough to break
through the skin. Both the red-bellied and the milk
snakes are very common in this section of the Cat-
skill Mountains. — Oliver P. Medsger, Camp Wake
Robin, N. Y.
LEAPING OF A HEMIRAMPHID.
Copeia for November 26, 1917, No. 51, page 104,
contains a note by Mr. Nichols under the above cap-
tion describing the flying or leaping of a halfbeak
which maintained its impetus by skulling with the tail
at intervals as it touched the surface.
During a sojourn in the Philippines in 1907-08, de-
voted to the collection of fishes and other aquatic
forms, if I remember correctly, the sight of these fishes
skipping over the surface of the water was not un-
common. On one occasion, as the writer was collect-
ing material from the sea-bottom, leaning over the
stern of a small boat, one of the halfbeaks about 8
inches long, flying over the surface of the water, bare-
ly missed my face and struck the side of the boat with
force sufficient to daze it so that it was readily cap-
tured with a landing net and its identity disclosed. —
Lewis Radcliffe, U. S. Bureau of Fisheries.
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Edited by J. T. Nichols, American Museum of Natural History.